The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

My cousin Dianne told me I would love the Winnie the Pooh ride at Hong Kong Disneyland, although she said it was a bit complicated to explain, so I would just have to see for myself.

As much of a Disney junkie that I am, I’ve gone back and forth on the Disney Pooh. In high school, Winnie the Pooh was all the rage and I had a ton of Pooh stuff, but I outgrew the phase long before the oversized Winnie the Pooh my godmother gave me for Christmas lost its stuffing. Later on I rediscovered the original Winnie the Pooh, with the exquisite drawings by EH Shepard, and I’ve been a fan of classic Pooh ever since.

It was rainy when we got to Hong Kong Disneyland, so we decided to do the indoor rides while waiting for the rain to let up. So we queued up for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Fantasyland, and Dianne was right — I did enjoy it, not only because I’m not a thrill ride sort of person (I did go on Space Mountain that night, but of course, that isn’t even a thrill ride for normal people!), but also because it turned out to be a bookish ride!

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Animal Antics (Picture Book Roundup)

I realize I haven’t done any picture book roundups this year, so here’s the first. I have to do these posts more frequently now, as about 60% of the books I acquire are picture books. My logic (whacked, I know, but it makes perfect sense to me) behind this is that because they’re picture books with not much text, I’m technically not adding to my astronomic TBR. Of course that kind of reasoning rebounds on me because at the rate I’m acquiring them, they take up a lot of space. I do like creating these kinds of problems for myself!

Anyway, in an attempt to get these books moving from my holding area (downstairs — to be read, to be weeded out, to be covered, etc) to my library shelves (upstairs) here’s today’s picture book roundup, mainly animal books. I’m very picky with animal stories, but the clever ones are usually in picture books, so I don’t mind getting a whole bunch of them.

Included in this roundup are Too Many Cooks; Sagwa the Siamese Cat; The Owl and the Pussycat; Stellaluna; The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes; Mind your Manners BB Wolf; Dooby Dooby Moo; and Click, Clack, Quackity Quack, books #25-32 for 2011.

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Disney + Robert Sabuda

I got a new book for my growing pop-up collection — I just couldn’t resist a mashup of two guilty pleasures: Disney and Robert Sabuda (and you can see I couldn’t resist the Happy Meal either; that’s my talking Gingy figure guarding the book!).

It’s a pop-up alphabet book featuring stylized Disney characters and Robert Sabuda’s fabulous paper engineering.  But enough said — I will let the photos do the talking.

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I love little books, and I’ve got a growing collection of them on various different subjects — they’re just so much fun to read, they often feature great art or photos, and they’re easy to stuff into odd nooks and crannies in my bookshelves!

Here are a bunch of  pocket-sized reads I finished recently: Fountain Pens by Alex Fortis and Antonio Vannucchi, Bad Cat by Jim Edgar, and Treasures of Disney Animation Art.

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Peter Pan flies again


Growing up, Peter Pan was one of my favorite fairy tale classics. I remember having a well-thumbed Little Golden Book of the Disney cartoon, which was also a great favorite of mine. I  also remember playing Peter Pan with my younger brother  — he was Michael, I was Wendy, and we had an imaginary Peter Pan. I would sprinkle some baby powder around us then we would romp about pretending to fly, chorusing, “second star to the right and straight on ’til morning!”

When I was in second grade, I also faithfully watched Saban’s The Adventures of Peter Pan (Peter Pan No Boken), which came on every morning at ten-thirty.  It was a great series with lots of little stories, but I really loved the character of Luna, the princess of darkness and the scary elements her story added to the cartoon. I was so obsessed with the cartoon that my mom bought me the Peter Pan book by Apple Classics, and I read it from cover to cover in one sitting.

Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” is also another favorite from childhood. I really loved Tinkerbell in this movie, especially when she says to Peter, “You know that place between sleep and awake? That place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you, Peter Pan. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” Aww…

Anyway, this love for Peter Pan drew me to Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s retelling of  the classic story of the boy who never grows old, starting with Peter and the Starcatchers (book #107 for 2009).

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